Covent Garden area guide

What to see, do, eat, drink and more in London's glitzy district of theatres, shops and restaurants

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High on every tourist's visiting agenda, Covent Garden offers a mixed bag of restaurants, shops, hotels. The area is synonymous with the Royal Opera House, hosts daily alfresco entertainment at its central piazza, and is surrounded by a plethora of theatres. Chain stores have moved in, but it’s still a nice place to stroll – if you can catch it early on a fine morning.



Critics' choice events in Covent Garden

War Horse

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Five years on, the National Theatre's 'War Horse' has become ubiquitous. The toast of the West End and Broadway, as I write this it's sold out at the New London Theatre for the next two months – by

  1. Drury Lane, WC2B 5PQ
  2. £15-£62.50. Run 2hrs 35mins
  3. Tue Sep 2 - Sat Feb 14
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Matilda the Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

'My mummy says I'm a miracle,' lisps a pampered mini-me at a purgatorial kiddies' birthday party at the outset of this delicious, treacly-dark family show. The obnoxious ma and pa of its titular,

  1. Earlham St, WC2H 9HU
  2. £24-£85. Runs 2hrs 40mins
  3. Tue Sep 2 - Sun Dec 20
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Alex Jennings replaces Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka from May 19 2014. ‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes’s huge new Warner Brothers musical confirms it: the hottest property in the West End right

  1. Catherine St, WC2B 5JF
  2. £25-£90. Runs 2hrs 30mins
  3. Tue Sep 2 - Sat May 30
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The Pajama Game

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Fat cat managers cooking the books, robotic middlemen preaching to workers about the creed of efficiency – though this glorious, exuberant musical is set in President Eisenhower’s America it

  1. Shaftesbury Theatre 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sat Sep 13
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The Elephantom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

It’s official: there ain’t no party like an elephant party. And you probably won’t have been to an elephant party unless you’ve seen Ben Power’s glorious adaptation of Ross Collins’s book

  1. New London Theatre Drury Lane, WC2B 5PQ
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sat Sep 6
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